Sunday, June 06, 2010

Other People Must Love Yarn Storming Too

Last week we yarned Bronson Park, and - because we're a curious group of gals - several of us checked the park over the next few days to see what was or wasn't there.

Before we'd even left the park on the first night, one of our knitters noticed that I'd dropped one of the parking meter cozies. I hadn't yet realized it, but since she did, she headed over to pick it up - except a fellow walking by it saw and snagged it, read the card attached, and stuffed it in his pocket.

Ever since, I've been wildly imagining what interesting event he's planning with his own personal parking meter cozy.

The next morning, Sheila checked the park and immediately noticed that the felted yarn ornaments she'd made were gone (above). We've been laughing about that; while she was hanging them, she told us that she was going to feel really bad if all the other stuff was taken, but not her ornaments. Obviously, she underestimated her beautiful ornaments and their public appeal. Loved and gone!

The bench scarf was gone too, as was the trash can cozy.

And for some reason, someone really wanted that picnic table scarf. That didn't last 24 hours. Not surprisingly, Terri's beautiful tam was gone too - and someone now has one gorgeous little hat.

Over the next couple of days, our yarn art was pretty much left alone. Only the parking meter cozies disappeared - five of them were gone, two remained.

But some time after the two-day Art Fair opened, things started leaving quickly. One of the benches no longer had it's bright sweater, and one of the evergreens had lost it's shawl - but the
new owner had left the tag so we wouldn't forget.


While wandering the Art Fair on Saturday, I was tickled to see the reaction of the public. The photos below speak for themselves.

Children played on the statues, and this young girl enjoyed the art fair activities from her own special seat.

Women laughed at the adorable pink hat and scarf on the pointing little girl;

And a lady deep in conversation with her friend never even noticed the bench decoration she was resting her hand on.

But of all I saw, this is the one that gave me pause, then brought me the biggest grin. Originally Val had placed the yarn bracelet on this little girl's wrist, but someone thought it looked much better as a headband.

Interactive Yarn Art!!!!

How cool is that? Especially since that Artiste had to climb quite high on the statue, carefully balance themselves, and then stretch it tightly so it would fit around the little girl's head.

Less than an hour later, it was obvious that others really liked that headband too - it was gone, taken in the midst of more than 1,000 people enjoying the Art Fair.

That makes me smile too.


jenni said...

That looks like fun!!! :)

What did each of the tags read??

beth pulsipher said...

These are just some of the tags:

Let there be Joy in the Color of Music . . .

Even the simplest things deserve a happy life of color.

May this special art bring you a smile and a laugh . . .

Art comes in all forms – hope this brings you a smile!

To give color is to share joy – may this art bring you a smile.

Joy = Color

If you find this art, you've discovered a moment of peace and happiness.

Yarn Happiness!

Bringing yarn art to Kalamazoo, and peace and happiness to you.

and this one on the Abraham Lincoln sign:

As Abraham knew so well . . .